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Living Life

by Empress Al-Yasha

Poignant, soulful and uniquely intimate, her interpretations live from the feeling and power that comes from life experience.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Black Lives Matter (feat. Louis Small, Alex Blake & L.A.)
6:00 $0.99
2. What About You
4:57 $0.99
3. Rock to the Rhythm
3:57 $0.99
4. Where Do You Go?
4:08 $0.99
5. Nature Boy
4:31 $0.99
6. Goin' Crazy
5:36 $0.99
7. Time Is Running Out
4:09 $0.99
8. A Toast to Love
5:38 $0.99
9. Out of Control
3:38 $0.99
10. Ain't That Nothin'
3:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
Al-Yasha Anderson is not a typical Artist. For the last twenty-five years the New York singer/actress has toured Europe with bands including "Jazzy Motions", "Brainstorm", "Jazz Romances", Nite Line" and the "Berlin Dance Orchestra" (to mention a few), as well as starring/co-starring in Germany’s Broadway musicals including "Lion King”, "Hair”, the “Buddy Holly Story”, "Sister Act", "Shout" and "Oh Happy Day".

Honored for her work in promoting authentic jazz in Germany, Al-Yasha conceptualized and collaborated in the founding of a cultural venue winning the continuous financial support of the City of Oldenburg. The club, Wilhelm 13 where Al-Yasha still performs every year celebrated it's 6th anniversary in 2017.

Al-Yasha has performed/recorded with international greats including Helene Fischer, Joe Cocker, Dr. John, Candido, Axel Zwingenberger, T.M. Stevens, Gottfried Böttger, Helmut Lotti, Inga Rumpf, Roger Cicero, Joceyln Brown, Carlos Franzcetti, Jiggs Whigham, Jessie Jones, Jr. and Wally "Gator" Watson to name a few.

Performing throughout Germany with her quintett "Jazzy-Motions" and her trio "Triplex", Al-Yasha has made a name for herself as a Jazz and Soul singer. Why she spends so much time touring, she explains: "I love traveling and meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. The pace is hectic although the cities are really laid back. There's a lot I like about European charm and they way the people make me feel welcome."

The love of music was implanted deep in her soul from the cradle. Her father, Boysie Anderson, a noted saxophonist played Calypso music, the "house" music of his time, and often took her to gigs with him. Her uncle, Cecil Anderson, better known as the "Duke of Iron" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Duke_of_Iron) is credited as the first singer to record calypso in America, making way for other artists including Harry Belafonte who also had hits with some of Duke’s songs.

In the 1952 St. Thomas carnival, the Duke improvised a song he later recorded called "Rain, Don’t Stop the Carnival". Inspired by this famous song, jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins composed and recorded his own "Don’t Stop the Carnival" and later composed and recorded a piece entitled "Duke of Iron" in Cecil’s memory.

One can feel the cultural influences of her background in her music. Her first CD entitled "AI-Yasha" was recorded in Germany at Newton-Studio, and is stylistically hard to classify. "Back home everybody plays `heavy jazz' or `solid, get down funk'. I sing funk, soul and gospel as well as jazz. My own songs are a mix between all the styles I live with."

Her biggest asset is her versatility. After receiving her degree at Brooklyn College, Al-Yasha began a serious career as a dramatic actress appearing regularly in several TV series, and later co-starring in the Broadway musicals "Magic & Lions", “How Do You Spell Watergait”; and "Freedom Train"; as well as touring with her own band "The Edge" in the U.S.

Together with exceptional musicians throughout the world, she sings her favorite-jazz-standards and original compositions. Al-Yasha’s confidence and charm shines through her persuasive vocal performace. It is a very special pleasure for every attentive observer to witness Al-Yasha with her impressive soulful voice as she gives the music her own personal stamp



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Cynthia Scott

Al-Yasha has a message we all need to HEAR. No more denial....
This music is ear & mind opening. Don't miss this opportunity to hear truths from the musical side. Nina Simone is gone but we have Al-Yasha. Al-Yasha is here.. I LOVE IT.